Welcome to May! Hopefully warmer weather is just around the corner. Please pay extra attention to the May calendar as we are very busy during May and there are many activities during this month. May marks the last round of Map Growth Testing for this year. Please note the days of your child's testing and make every effort that they get a good night's sleep and come prepared for testing on those days.
Congratulations to Lexie and Adriana Skorzak for placing 3rd in the Duo Interpretation Competition which took place last week at St. Theresa's in Kenilworth. Congratulations are also in order for Anya Czarnota for placing 2nd in the Arbor Day Poetry Competition and to Arianna Lespinasse for placing 1st in the same competition. We are very proud of all our students and the teachers who prepared them.
Please note: Raffle tickets for the Church 50/50 are due this week. Winners receive 50% of gross proceeds. If you are planning on supporting the Schola's trip to Citifield on June 16, please place your orders this week. Payment is due by May 16th. It is always a wonderful event to close the school year!!
May is the month of Mary with special attention to Mary all during the month. Please note the parish May Crowning (announced in Church) and our school May Crowning noted on our calendar. Lastly, please note that May 31st is a snow day (as is June 17th).
Have a wonderful month.
Children are our community's most valuable asset, capable of achieving their potential when given the proper guidance and support in our school community. A child's self-esteem is essential to success and must be supported by parents and the school community.
Each child's inherent worth is recognized concerning cultural differences, individual abilities, and unique talents. Children educated in a Christ-centered environment develop spiritually, academically, physically, emotionally, and socially.
Learning is a lifelong process. Children learn at different rates and in different ways from a variety of sources. Instruction must be differentiated and engage all learners with an emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving. A child's educational success is a responsibility shared by parents, school, and the community working in harmony. Children learn Christian values and ethical conduct taught by parents, reinforced and modeled by the school, and demonstrated through life choices.
Children have a right to feel secure, safe, and supported in their school environment. Children will develop a lifelong commitment of discipleship and stewardship based on the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Our Graduates Currently, the Alumni Association gives all 8th graders a gift at graduation, as well as one Alumni financial award. Additional fundraising monies are donated to the school for technology needs. Alumni correspondence now mainly comes from the Archdiocese of Newark, School Office. Please consider donating to St. John the Apostle School. Supporting your grammar school ensures St. John the Apostle School memories continue for students in the upcoming years. Wishing your fond memories of SJA continue to be in your hearts and minds always.
2011 National Blue Ribbon School
St. John the Apostle School is a National Blue Ribbon School. The announcement was made Thursday, September 15, 2011, by U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. St. John the Apostle School was one of 49 private schools from across the country to receive the prestigious honor. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools whose students achieve at very high levels.
This award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our faculty. At St. John the Apostle School, we are continually striving to ensure that the academic program we deliver meets the needs of our students while encouraging them to do their best.
Many hands and minds were put to work as a team united toward a common goal: achieving the Blue Ribbon nomination. The application had us answering questions about our curriculum, assessment, staff development, and history. Faculty wrote content, gave additional application critiques and devoted hours and hours of their time.
St. John the Apostle School has been a prominent learning institution since our first class graduated in 1951. We have remained grounded in tradition while growing to become one of the leading Pre-K through 8th-grade schools in the Archdiocese of Newark.